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Paula Edgar

Esquisite Paths: Rhonda Powell

Rhonda Powell is someone I truly admire.  She is intelligent, savvy and charismatic. She has a formidable sense of confidence that leads you to believe that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.   Rhonda’s path has led her to many different positions, including being an assistant buyer at Bloomingdales, an associate at three law firms and in-house attorney at two large corporations. During our conversation, we discussed, among other things,  having patience during times of adversity and her current position, which combines her love of food and her legal/business skills.  I was inspired by Rhonda’s Esquisite Path and…

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Me and the Boys

Forget the Linen Closet:  Reflections on My First Week as a Lawyer in a Law Firm

In preparation for my first day, I bought a new blouse and ironed my favorite suit.  Knowing that I was professionally dressed and looked nice was a little confidence booster that helped me put aside those first-day jitters. After paperwork and a short orientation with the office manager, I was taken to my new office, where a desk, a laptop computer, empty bookshelves and bare walls were waiting for my arrival.  Once my e-mail was all set up, I went ahead and sent the Boss an e-mail to let him know I was ready to work.  The first day assignments…

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Small Firm Life: Managing Up

When I read workplace success books and articles or receive career advice from mentors everyone always reminds me of the importance of “managing up.” The concept of managing up is to try and work with your boss to obtain the best results for both your boss and the company.  Rather than kissing up to your boss or trying to change him/her, the idea is to try and understand your boss and use these tools to your advantage.  I think it is a great concept on principle but I have always found it difficult to put into practice.  My boss is…

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Vado Porro

Running from the Law: Staying Sane Through Bar Study

This morning, I woke up in my usual (as of late) fit of bar exam anxiety around 4:30.  I tossed, I turned, I whimpered about how much my life sucks right now (my fiance thought the whimpering was “excessive”), and I tried to go back to sleep.  Around 5am, I decided that if I wasn’t going to be asleep and I couldn’t bear the thought of another practice question, I would go to the gym to hit the 5:40am spin class that I used to attend with somewhat regularity, before I started a night bar review and not sleeping.  As…

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Mikki Collier

Couture At Law: From Work Hours to After Hours

The rising temperature is not the only thing that is sizzling hot right now! If you're like me, the increased mercury also means an increase in the events penciled in your social calendar. Since the arrival of the summer solstice, I've attended at least 2 after work events a week, with more scheduled to come! While it's exciting to have a fun-filled life beyond the strictures of the office clock, it DOES leave you with the dilemma of what to wear. How do you go from the office to an evening out without keeping a whole different wardrobe under your desk…

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Frank Kimball

Reflections From A Headhunter and Hiring Partner: Why You Must Know a Little About Football

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.One of the best sessions at the Ms JD Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law last November was “Bring on the Rain,” moderated by Deborah Knupp, the inspiring and managing partner of Akina. Other panelists included the remarkable Kelly Hoey, the President of 85 Broads (if you’re not a member, you should be). A law student asked “Why do women lawyers have to learn about football?” She described meeting senior male lawyers and how the conversation inevitably turned…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Law Firm Networking

Last month I started a series to look at how networking varies, if it does at all, for different types of lawyers. In the first piece, I covered networking for government lawyers. This month, as many law students start their summer positions in an improving but still scary economy, I thought it would be a good time to cover law firm networking. Law firm networking means two things to me: (1) internal “networking” and (2) business development. Internal networking is the networking that is most important for summer associates now; it means taking the time to get to know the…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of a Working Mom: Alpha Moms

There is a new definition of moms on the streets, one whose tag line infers a hyper-aggressive, stop-at-nothing, bring-home-the-bacon-fry-it-up-in-a-pan-with-a-smile type of mom. According to a recent article, these new moms are defined as the “busy mom who seems to juggle it all.  Effortlessly.  She’s up on the latest trends from high fashion to high tech, and if you’re searching for the best stroller, she’s been there and done that.”  These moms are “hungry for information” and “not shy about letting their friends know they had a disappointing dinner at a local restaurant.”  They have fulfilling careers and “get it…

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Jennifer Guenther

From the Desk of a Working Mom: It’s All About Me (and you)!

How often have we each thought- “It’s not fair!”  It is a phrase that my children utter to me several times a day.  My seven year-old invokes it upon every “no” that she hears out of pure habit- sometimes even when the “No!” is not directed at her.  My five year old has perfected the phrase, practicing it in the mirror so as to ensure that her pouty lip has the utmost effect while sobbing the words.  Even my two year has mastered this phrase with such clarity and precision of speech that is sounds almost shocking coming from his…

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April Christine

The Prosecution Rests: Christine Ewell

Christine C. Ewell is Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, one of the largest federal districts in the country. The Criminal Division is comprised of over 190 diverse and highly skilled prosecutors who prosecute a variety of federal offenses ranging from criminal racketeering to public corruption to white collar crime. Christine earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Texas A&M University and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She has 24 years experience as a lawyer and over 14 years experience as a federal prosecutor. As Criminal…

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